Gethin Watts has been appointed WRU National Performance Manager, taking charge of National and regional Age Grade Academy programmes, with four other appointments now in place to bolster the performance elements of Welsh rugby.
Gethin is a valuable, key member of the team and this new role is essential to the development of the National Age Grade strategic plans
Watts will be responsible for the development, delivery and management of the National Academy, with a focus on player identification, development and the fulfilment of potential across the performance end of the game.
The role has been created to enhance the National Academy strategy, including the delivery of the regional and national Age Grade programmes. Watts will work closely with the Head of Rugby Joe Lydon, newly appointed National Academy Coaching Manager Allan Lewis, National Squad staff, WRU regionally based performance managers, as well as all other key programme partners including Schools, Colleges, Students and Clubs.
Head of Rugby Joe Lydon said: "Gethin is a valuable, key member of the team and this new role is essential to the development of the National Age Grade strategic plans.
"Gethin will help ensure the relevant management and monitoring programmes are in place to support players within the systems at both national and regional levels. A key area of the work will be to maximise player potential within the national succession plan working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders within the performance pathway programmes.
"Gethin's previous experience as a Regional Performance Programme Manager is of huge benefit as he's very aware of the operational systems in place as well as our collective aims and objectives within Welsh Rugby."
In addition and to compliment Gethin Watts' appointment, Richard Hodges has been appointed to the position of regionally based Performance Programme Manager (Blues Region) and James Chapron will take up the position of Performance Programme Manager (Dragons Region). These two additional appointments see the creation of two regional Development Manager vacancies in the Blues and Dragons region respectively.
Further changes to existing WRU staff roles and responsibilities see Byron Hayward appointed as National Skills Coach within the Dragons region and Will Thomas moving to Rugby Compliance Manager.
The unique jeopardy of Judgement Day V has been described by stars from Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons who will face each other in the annual double-header at Principality Stadium on 15th April.
School club hub officers in schools throughout Wales are enriching lives by helping pupils to engage more with their education, their community and improve their own outlook on life and future prospects by improving confidence and developing skills such as leadership.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips, WRU chairman Gareth Davies and Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies discuss the historic intentions of the governing body to assume operational control of the Newport Gwent Dragons, with a targeted completion date of 1st July.
Equal access to facilities and resources at St Helen's has seen Swansea Women flourish since being welcomed with open arms last July. Swansea RFC chairman Stephen Hughes and women's captain Siwan Lillicrap are delighted to see rapid progress being made on and off the pitch.
Young referee Ben Breakspear is making rapid strides as a referee. In just over a year he has gone from officiating a college game to being a touchline official during last weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium.
Grand Slams, Triple Crowns and British and Irish Lions tours - Sir Gareth Edwards did it all. But what are his favourite moments in what was an amazing career? WRU TV finds out - along with his favourite players of today in the third and final instalment of our series with the greatest rugby player ever.
JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and Mervyn Davies were among those in the Welsh ranks when Sir Gareth Edwards began his international career against France nearly 50 years ago, but who was the player who took the young scrum half under their wing?
Wales head coach Rob Howley and captain Alun Wyn Jones are expecting a physical battle against France on Saturday but both are hoping for another impact from the bench as the men in red chase a top-four world ranking.
It's nearly 50 years since the great Sir Gareth Edwards made his debut as a youngster for Wales against France in Stade Colombes. In the first of a series, WRU TV discovers he pocketed a 'special momento' from the game - something he still has today.